Fenerbahce are reportedly interested in Daley Blind, and are contemplating a January move for the versatile Manchester United man.
According to a report in The Sun, Fenerbahce are set to make a move for Daley Blind when the transfer window reopens in January. The versatile Netherlands international is struggling to hold down a regular place in the Manchester United starting lineup at the early stage of the season.
Blind progressed through the ranks at Ajax before breaking into the first-team setup at the Dutch giants in 2008. A fruitful six-year spell at the club followed, and after a stellar World Cup campaign in Brazil in 2014, the player joined Manchester United later than summer.
Blind has been a consistent performer for the Red Devils over the last three years, amassing 131 appearances, and has been an asset with his versatility to play equally adeptly as a centre-back, left-back as well as a holding midfielder.
Fenerbahce are plotting a move for Daley Blind in the January transfer window.
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However, since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, the player hasn’t managed to play week-in week-out, with the Manchester United boss rotating him with the likes of Marcos Rojo, Darmian and Ashley Young on the left side of defence.
The same has been prevalent at the start of the 2017-18 season as well, with Blind starting the first three Premier League games before making way for Ashley Young. With Luke Shaw on the return trail, and with the Red Devils linked with other left-backs as well, Blind could possibly be sharing game time with another defender at Old Trafford.
Therefore, a move away from Manchester United could make sense for the Dutch international, especially with the World Cup only a few months away. With Fenerbahce interested, Blind could be persuaded to depart from the Premier League.
The report does suggest that Blind is growing frustrated with an increasingly diminishing role. Should Netherlands manage to qualify for next summer’s World Cup, a January move to Turkey could help the 27-year-old notch up regular playing time and continue being an indispensable member of his national side.
It now remains to be seen if Blind indeed calls it a day at Manchester United, or if he continues plying his trade at Old Trafford. A possible transfer, though, could hinge on Netherlands’ qualification to the World Cup, and it will be interesting to see if they manage to progress from a precarious position in Group A.